With Departure of NATO Troops, the Taliban Gains Ground in Afghanistan

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DER SPIEGEL 28/2021






SPIEGEL International








Children stand in front of a bombed-out business in Kandahar: At night, the streets belong to the Taliban.



Children stand in front of a bombed-out business in Kandahar: At night, the streets belong to the Taliban.


Foto: M. Sadiq / EPA

“We didn’t realize the Americans were gone until it was light. No one told us anything.”





Afghan soldiers on the former U.S. base at Bagram: The Afghan elite had somehow convinced themselves the Americans would stay forever.



Afghan soldiers on the former U.S. base at Bagram: The Afghan elite had somehow convinced themselves the Americans would stay forever.


Foto: Haroon Sabawoon / Anadolu Agency / ABACA PRESS / ddp images



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